REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Kesuvos 112
(a) When Rebbi Chelbo, Rebbi Avira and Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina arrived
at a certain place, they brought them a peach the size of a pot from K'far
How large was a pot from K'far Hino?
(b) They ate a third and declared another third Hefker.
What did they do
with the remainder?
(c) The following year Rebbi Elazar arrived the same place. When they
brought *him* a peach, he took it in his hands and recited the Pasuk in
Tehilim "Eretz P'ri li'M'leichah, me'Ra'as Yoshvei Vah".
What did he mean
by quoting that Pasuk?
(a) What did Rebbi Yehoshua ben Levi say when he saw clusters of grapes the
size of calves growing among the vines in Gavla?
(b) What did he say when they informed him what they really were?
(c) How did the people respond when, the following year, Rebbi Chiya arrived
in the same place, and took the clusters for goats? Why did they react in
(a) Where was Tzo'an? What was it famous for?
(b) As the result of the B'rachos of Eretz Yisrael, one Beis Sa'ah would
produce fifty thousand Kur (thirty Sa'ah = one Kur).
How much would one
Beis Sa'ah be expected to produce in Tzo'an of Egypt?
(c) What did Rebbi Meir testify regarding Beis She'an?
(d) What is the connection between Beis-She'an and Tzo'an (see Agados
(a) When the Torah writes in Sh'lach-Lecha that Chevron was built seven
years before Tzo'an of Mitzrayim, why can it not be understood literally?
If a Beis Sa'ah in Tzo'an produced seventy Kur, then one would expect a Beis
Sa'ah in Chevron to produce four hundred and ninety Sa'ah.
(b) Then what *does* the Pasuk mean?
(c) What was Chevron famous for?
(d) What is now the significance of the fact that Tzo'an is compared
specifically to Chevron in Eretz Yisrael?
How did the
Tana of the Beraisa arrive at the figure of fifty thousand Kur, due to the
Berachah of Eretz Yisrael?
(a) What did Rebbi Yossi mean when he said in a Beraisa that one Sa'ah in
Eretz Yisrael can produce five?
(b) Even the Tz'dokim had to concede that Eretz Yisrael was blessed. A
certain Tzedoki was telling Rebbi Chanina how much he got out of the one
Beis Sa'ah that his father left him in Eretz Yisrael.
What did he manage
to obtain out of that one Beis Sa'ah besides wine, oil and wheat?
(c) What did that Cena'ani comment when a Jew told him that a particular
date-palm by the River Yardein yielded an annual harvest of sixty Kur of
(a) Yirmiyah referred to Eretz Yisrael as Eretz Tz'vi, because it produces
so much fruit that there is nowhere to store it all.
What has this got to
do with the skin of a gazelle?
(b) What other analogy might Yirmiyah have been drawing, when he compared
the fruit of Eretz Yisrael to a gazelle?
(c) How do we know that, unlike the flesh of a gazelle, the fruit of Eretz
Yisrael is luscious (juicy and sweet), that the quantity of the fruit does
not affect the quality?
(a) Yechezkel referred to three curses with regard to the false prophets: To
which curse was he referring when he wrote ...
(b) What did Rebbi Elazar announce when he ...
- ... "be'Sod Ami Lo Yihyu"?
- ... "u'vi'K'sav Beis Yisrael Lo Yokaseivu"?
- ... "ve'El Admas Yisrael Lo Yavo'u"?
(c) What did that Tzedoki comment when Rebbi Zeira, unable to locate a
regular bridge to cross the Jordan River into Eretz Yisrael, discovered a
flimsy crossing consisting of a narrow plank and an overhead rope to hold on
to, and proceeded to cross?
- ... arrived in Eretz Yisrael?
- ... received Semichah?
- ... was appointed to join the select group who would fix Rosh Chodesh and the leap years, based on the Sod ha'Ibur?
(d) What was Rebbi Zeira's response?
(a) What did Rebbi Aba do when he arrived in the part of Acco which belonged
to Eretz Yisrael?
Answers to questions
(b) Why did Rebbi Chanina set about repairing whatever he found faulty when
he arrived in Eretz Yisrael?
(c) Rebbi Ami and Rebbi Asi kept moving from the sun to the shade and from
the shade to the sun.
Why did they do that?
(d) Based on the Pasuk in Tehilim "Ki Ratzu Avadehah es Avanehah, ve'es
Afarah Yechonanu", what did Rebbi Chiya bar Gamda do when he first arrived
in Eretz Yisrael?
(a) Rebbi Zeira Amar Rebbi Yirmiyah bar Aba states that when Mashi'ach
comes, many accusations will be leveled at the Talmidei-Cachamim.
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Shmuel comment when Rebbi Zeira told him that?
(b) What did the Tana of Rav Yosef's Beraisa mean when he said 'Bezuzi,
(c) What does Rav Chiya bar Ashi Amar Rav learn from the Pasuk in Yoel "*Ki
Eitz Nasa Piryo*, Te'einah ve'Gefen Nasnu Cheilam"?
Answers to questions
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